Fred Espenak, also known as Mr. Eclipse, spoke to an enthusiastic crowd at Hopkinsville Community College June 22. Estimates suggest as many as 500,000 people could flock to the Southern Kentucky/Middle Tennessee area for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse with as many as 100,000 flooding the city of Hopkinsville, which has been deemed an ideal location to witness this historic solar event. Espenak, a retired NASA astrophysicist, is considered a leading expert on the subject. He has written more than a dozen books, and witnessed more than two dozen eclipses since 1972. Yvette Eastham, HCC Foundation Executive Director, and Brooke Jung, Eclipse Coordinator for Hopkinsville Parks & Rec's Eclipse Team, had the honor of introducing Mr. Espenak to a crowd of more than 100 curious fans of astronomy.
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